This past weekend, both the men and women’s soccer teams saw their seasons march on, combining to play three matches total.
The women kicked off the weekend’s action with a match against Drexel University Friday evening. The Lions took Sullivan Field still in search of their first win of the season. This game provided an opportunity for the team to bounce back from their 3-0 loss to Penn State in their previous match.
When it was all said and done, the Lions came away with 1-1 draw in double overtime against the Dragons of Drexel. LMU opened the scoring in the 63rd minute courtesy of freshman midfielder/forward Madison Werner. This goal will have special significance to Werner as it was her first in an LMU shirt.
Unfortunately for the Lions, Drexel wasted no time responding with a goal of their own. Less than two minutes later, sophomore forward/midfielder Lauren Currey tied the game one apiece for the Dragons. Although the Lions would register more than double the shots of the visitors, there would be no winning goal to separate these two teams. After two periods of overtime, the matched ended deadlocked at 1-1. The Lions will continue their season next weekend, taking on both Texas Tech and Washington State.
The men’s team kicked off on Sullivan Field Friday night shortly after the women’s match concluded. The Lions were pitted against the visiting Golden Eagles of Oral Roberts University. In dominant fashion, the men saw off their opponents in a match that finished 2-0 in favor of the Lions.
LMU went up relatively early on with junior midfielder Bastien Oberli putting the men up 1-0 in the 31st minute. Shortly before halftime, sophomore midfielder CJ Neville doubled the Lions advantage with a goal in the 44th minute of play. This gave the team a commanding halftime lead witch they would not give up, seeing out the match to a 2-0 conclusion at fulltime.
Now gaining momentum, the men played their second home match of the weekend against Loyola Chicago on Sunday.
In a close game on Sullivan Field Sunday afternoon, the Lions were able to outlast the visiting Ramblers in a match that finished 1-0. The first half set the tone of the matchup as both teams founds themselves deadlocked in a struggle in which defense dominated. The Lions were short of attacking ideas in the first half, only getting away three shots in the first 45 minutes.
However, LMU’s men came out firing after the break. The Lions were confident going forward and aggressive with the ball, leaving the Rambler defense on its heels. In the 79th minute, the game finally saw its first goal. LMU was rewarded a penalty following a Rambler foul in the penalty box. Junior forward Francis Avoce, a standout player for the Lions on the night, converted from the spot to give the home team a 1-0 advantage.
Now in control of the game, the Lion defense set back and absorbed the visitor’s pressure well. There would be no more goals in this affair as the match concluded with 1-0 Lion victory. The men have now won their past two matches, starting the season off on the right foot.
The Lions will look to continue their winning ways as they play a pair of Northern California opponents next weekend on Sullivan Field. The homestand marches on with Sacramento State on Friday, September 13 and UC Davis on Sunday, September 15.